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January 02, 2019

More people moved out of New Jersey than any other state in 2018

The Garden State did, however, see a net gain among the 18-to-34 age group

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Welcome to New Jersey sign Screenshot/Google Street View

The "Welcome to New Jersey" sign on the N.J. sign of the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

Each year for the last 42 years, United Van Lines has released its National Movers Study, which examines which states U.S. residents are leaving, and which ones they’re moving to.

In 2018, New Jersey leapt past last year’s champion Illinois to take the top spot … on the wrong end of the spectrum.

According to the study, 66.8 percent of New Jersey’s moves last year were outbound, the highest rate in the country.

Illinois (65.9 percent), Connecticut (62 percent), New York (61.5 percent), and Kansas (58.7 percent) round out the top five most moved-from states.

Among age demographics, New Jersey actually had a good year in terms of attracting its future: the 18-to-34 age group saw 7.97 percent more moves to the Garden State than moves away. On the other side, though, New Jersey saw retirees leaving the state nearly 10 percent more often than arriving.

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The main reasons for moving out of New Jersey, according to the study, were new jobs (34.73 percent), retirement (34.51 percent), and family (20.44 percent), followed closely by lifestyle (17.36 percent) and more distantly by health (6.15 percent).

Nearly two-thirds of people who moved to New Jersey in 2018 (61.84 percent) did it for a job.

The five most moved-to states last year? Vermont (72.6 percent), Oregon (63.8 percent), Idaho (62.4 percent), Nevada (61.8 percent), and Arizona (60.2 percent).

But hey, maybe those dog-friendly breweries will fix all of this.

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